LA84 Foundation Unveils Spanish Language Coaching Manuals For Youth Soccer

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To meet the need of the Spanish-speaking soccer coaches working with under 18-players, the LA84 Foundation is making available on its website two free coaching manuals in Spanish.

In a diverse community such as Los Angeles, it is imperative that coaches have access to these training materials in Spanish.

To meet the need of the Spanish-speaking soccer coaches working with under 18-players, the LA84 Foundation is making available on its website two free coaching manuals in Spanish.

Fuerzas Basicas was authored by Efrain Flores and Joe Supe. Flores has vast experience in developing training programs that have taken young Mexican players to the elite level in soccer. Among Flores' protégés are Rafael Márquez, Carlos Vela and Patricio Araujo.

Fuerzas Basicas was made possible through a grant from the LA84 Foundation to the Southern California Youth Soccer Organization. Many coaches contributed to Manual de entrenamiento de fútbol, including Sigi Schmidt, former UCLA and LA Galaxy head coach and now the head coach with the Columbus Crew of Major League Soccer. This manual originally was published in English. The manuals are available for free download on the LA84 Foundation website at http://www.la84foundation.org/3ce/CoachingManuals/LA84soccer.pdf.

"Investing in the education of coaches is crucial to ensure that youngsters are properly taught the skills and ethics of the sport," said Patrick Escobar, Vice President, Grants and Programs, LA84 Foundation. "In a diverse community such as Los Angeles, it is imperative that coaches have access to these training materials in Spanish."

About LA84 Foundation:
The LA84 Foundation was established to manage Southern California's share of the surplus from the highly successful 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. The Foundation received $93 million at its inception and, since then, has invested more than $164 million in serving more than two million youth in the eight Southern California counties of Los Angeles, Imperial, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Santa Barbara and Ventura. Its headquarters is located in the historic Britt House near downtown Los Angeles where it houses the world's premier sports library and meeting facilities. The Foundation convenes numerous forums for the exploration of the most pressing issues in sport. For additional information, please visit http://www.LA84Foundation.org.

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